Missing Teeth: Replacing Them is Easier Than Ever

I have always been an avid hockey player, and my love took a bad turn one day when I got struck in the mouth with the puck. It was a painful moment that left me with two teeth knocked out of my mouth. Had I taken the right steps after the accident, I could have possibly saved the teeth, but I did not know I had that option at the time. Thankfully, I worked up the courage to visit a dentist and ask what my options for teeth-replacement were. I was worried I would would have to live the rest of my life without smiling, but I was ecstatic to learn that I was the perfect candidate for dental implants. I created this blog to help others realize that there are so many options to replace missing teeth today that no one has to "just live with" an imperfect smile!

Four Circumstances That May Increase The Longevity Of Your Root Canal

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A root canal treatment may last anywhere from a few decades to a lifetime. There are several factors that determine the longevity of your treatment. In general, your root canal is likely to last a long time if:

You Get an Early Treatment

The longer you delay your root canal treatment, the more it will spread to other tissues. In particular, the infection can spread to the bone and become very difficult to treat. A root canal treatment performed when the infection has spread this much doesn't last as long as one performed when the infection is just beginning.

Therefore, you should not put off your root canal appointment for "as long as you can." When your dentist says you need a root canal treatment, then you should schedule it at the earliest opportunity possible. In addition, your damaged teeth should also be treated and restored soon after the root canal.

You Are Young

You are lucky if you are young when you undergo the root canal treatment because then your treatment is likely to last longer than those who get it their old age. This is because when you age, your teeth become brittle and can fracture easily.

A dental crown helps to protect the brittleness of an aged tooth. The crown covers and protects the tooth from undue stress, which increases the longevity of the treatment.  

The Treatment Involved Your Front Teeth

Root canal treatments on the front teeth tend to last longer than treatment on the back teeth. This is because the front teeth:

  • Have single roots
  • Are easier to access
  • Experience less stress due to less biting force
  • May not need crowning after root canal treatment

You Don't Need Posts

In some cases, a tooth undergoes root canal treatment after it has been damaged so much that it cannot support the crown on its own. In such cases, the dentist installs posts to support and reinforce the crown. Unfortunately, these posts have also been known to weaken tooth's structures and increase the likelihood of root fractures. Therefore, your treatment is likely to last longer if you are lucky enough not to need the posts.

Some of these, such as age, are things you cannot control. However, getting early treatment, cooperating with your dentist, and maintaining good oral hygiene will generally work to your favor if you want your root canal treatment to last long. The need to get early treatment cannot be stressed enough since it has a big influence on how long your treatment lasts.


26 January 2015